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Academic board of new Ron Paul institute includes 9/11 truther, other radicals

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

In September 2010, when he was in New York to speak at the United Nations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad even visited Hillary Mann Leverett’s Yale graduate seminar to talk to her students.

Another of the institute’s academic board has suggested that Afghans are more justified in attacking the U.S. than the U.S. is in attacking Afghanistan, which harbored Osama bin Laden and refused to turn him over after the 9/11 attacks.

“My short answer to these critics is that there is no country that is now justified in invading any other country because of the World Trade Center attack of 9/11, but if there were, it would be the Afghans who would be more justified in committing further terrorist acts in the US than we would be in killing further innocents in that nation in this terroristic manner,” Loyola University New Orleans professor Walter Block wrote in 2007.

“In my view complete justice would require that the US (well, those individuals responsible) pay reparations for initiating these murderous hostilities. We killed far more innocent people abroad than the 3,000 guiltless Americans who perished in New York City on 9/11, a day that will long live in infamy.”

Block considers the 9/11 attack an understandable reaction to U.S. foreign policy abroad and if the U.S. is justified in going into Afghanistan to get Osama bin Laden, the victims of American aggression abroad are even more justified in invading the U.S.

“Long before 9/11 took place, our own country was busy killing innocents abroad in those parts of the world,” he wrote. Thus, if the U.S. is justified in going into Afghanistan to hunt for Osama bin Laden, and other perpetrators and aiders and abetters of the crimes of 9/11 in New York City, then they are even more righteous in doing precisely the same thing to us.”

Block is also a supporter of secession and a critic of “the actions of the monster Lincoln.”

Writing about how the U.S. could play a mediating role in many of the world’s conflicts, Block said the U.S. is “hampered” from doing so by the results of the Civil War, which he refers to as “the war against Southern secession.”

“A century and a half after the war against Southern secession, the foreign policy of our country is still hampered by this tragic event,” he wrote.

“That is, had the war of federal aggression not taken place, had the South been allowed to leave peacefully, America would be in a far better position to exert a positive direction on several events which trouble the globe at the present time.”

“Secession will not cure all the world’s ills, but it will bring us a step closer to this goal,” he continued. “When and if the U.S. ceases to imprison the Confederacy, we will be in a far better position to bring about world peace; or, at least, to help put out many local conflagrations.”

The Ron Paul Institute’s executive director tells The Daily Caller that Paul is not “horrified” by the views of his institute’s academic board members.

“Dr. Paul is not horrified by diversity,” Daniel McAdams said in an email.

“For the purposes of the institute, he wanted important academics who agree with him on the moral and practical necessity of a foreign policy of peace. He has such a board.”

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